About the Design
Amstelvar is a typeface inspired by the typeface designs used in The Netherlands and Belgium from the sixteenth century to the development of Times Roman in the 1930s.
It is the first public demonstration of the Type Network "Parametric Axes" approach to the OpenType Variable Fonts technology. Read more about this axis system at variationsguide.typenetwork.com.
The font is licensed under the SIL Open Font License, which permits unrestricted usage, distribution, and modification, subject to terms in the license.
The first release of "Amstelvar Alpha" was in early 2017. In 2018 the project scope expanded to a "1.0"-level release with a Roman redrawn for highest quality, a new Italic, and wider language support with the Google Latin Plus (600) glyph set. The variable axis work includes:
- Reform registered axes (opsz, wght, wdth)
- Create other blended axis GRAD
- Create XTRA, XOPQ, YOPQ, limited to minor adjustments.
- Create YTLC, YTUC, YTFG, YTAS, YTDE, YTRA,
- Define as needed YTOS, YTUS, YTAD, YTDD, XTAB, YTSE, VUID, VOTF, YTCH, XTCH, POPS, PWTH, PWHT, UDLN
- wght, wdth, opsz, GRAD, ital
- XTRA, YTRA, XOPQ, YOPQ
- YTLC, YTUC, YTFG, YTAS, YTDE
- YTOS, YTUS, YTAD, YTDD, XTAB, YTSE, VUID, VOTF, YTCH, XTCH, POPS, PWTH, PWHT, UDLN
Design Progress notes
Feb. 21, 2019 FB recieved approval of Default, opsz min and max, Default ital opsz min and max, ASCII
March 8, 2019, FB's SO started compeltion of glyph repertoires for spec.
March 15, 2019 FB's SO completed Amstelvar-Roman.ufo according to CharacterSet.txt
March 18, 2019 TN takes opsz max and min, regular and italics, and ITalic default for charset update
April 10, 2019 In Amstelvar/Docs: AMSTELVAR DESIGNSPACE MAP2, notes on overall design space and progress display on contols milestone.
Amstelvar Artboard 2, shows entire complete glyphs, link to measurement and glyphs sheet. (glyph sheets currently hiding, Jill?)
Sheet at: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1JYewenc_Owd6LddOpr4KVwtCKOSoIds8ZbCaeICZN4/edit#gid=0 Contains measured values and other data forvariable font creation.
April 10, 2019 Glyph Set and Axes Spreadsheet updated to reflect NewChar (the spec GF Latin Plus (567 glyphs total + 25 optional) + Build glyphs